Cooper S.,Stanford University |
Grover S.,Learning science and Technology Design Program |
Simon B.,Center for Teaching Development
Communications of the ACM | Year: 2014
Virtual Communities of Practice (vCoPs) have been proposed for computer science as possible teacher/community support mechanisms at both the college and K-12 levels, including as part of a U.S. effort to place 10,000 qualified computer science teachers into high schools. This effort has become known as the CS10K project. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) supports local efforts to improve CS teaching in high school as part of the CS10K track of its CE21 solicitation. In 2012, NSF awarded a grant to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to create a Web portal to support a vCoP around NSF-funded projects toward building a community of 10,000 teachers. Relationships forged through in-person interactions between mentors and teachers, as well as among teachers who are peers, must grow and branch out in the vCoP. Interactions with the vCoP should be embedded into face-to-face professional development activities such as curriculum design.